When hair grows in unwanted places, there are plenty of methods to remove it. At Chesapeake Laser and Skin Care Center we offer the current gold standard in lasting hair reduction. Further, the underlying skin maintains a silky smooth texture from the lack of shaving. At Chesapeake Laser and Skin Care Center we offer some of the best laser hair removal Annapolis and Queen Anne’s County has to offer. Schedule a consultation to see if this is the right option for you.
Laser Hair Removal
Queen Anne's County
Safe, Effective, and Painless
Laser Hair Removal
As one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States, laser hair removal offers rapid, effective, and safe results. For patients who are sick of shaving, waxing, or tweezing unwanted hair, Queen Anne’s County has Chesapeake Laser. We can perform this treatment almost anywhere on the body, completely eliminating the need to ever tweeze or shave again.
The LUTRONIC® ADVANTAGE™, has a long pulse duration allowing safe and effective hair reduction for most skin types. Treats large areas quickly and efficiently, “Speed and Results without compromise.”
The Cooling Contact Device reduces pain and maximizes patient protection by delivering a constant cooling onto the top layers of the skin. Contact Cooling reduces the need for cooling gels and expensive anesthesia for most patients. Best of all, it helps decrease treatment time and allows for quick recovery. To understand how the LUTRONIC® ADVANTAGE™, works, it helps to know a little bit more about how hair grows and how laser light vaporizes unwanted tissue.
The light emitted by the LUTRONIC® ADVANTAGE™, is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) located in hair follicles, melanin pigments give hair its color, and hair shaft. The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, just long enough to vaporize the pigment in the hair follicle- disabling several hair follicles at a time to eliminate or significantly impede the hair’s regrowth – but not long enough to damage the surrounding skin. The LUTRONIC® ADVANTAGE’S ™, special contact-cooling hand piece further protects the epidermis (upper layer of skin). This patented method of epidermal preservation allows delivery of more laser energy deeper into the hair follicle.
While some areas of the body are more sensitive than others, most patients report little or no discomfort. For more sensitive patients, anesthetic creams can be applied prior to the treatment.
The number of sessions will vary for each individual. During the initial visit, the laser light disables those follicles in the “active” phase of the growth cycle. Follicles in the “dormant” phase will not be affected. Since follicles cycle through “active” and “dormant” phases, additional sessions may be desired once the “dormant” follicles become “active”.
HOW DOES HAIR GROW?
Hair forms in a pouch-like structure below the skin called a hair follicle. What we perceive as hair is actually the hair shaft, which is the keratinized, hardened tissue that grows from this follicle. The best hair color for the laser light to target is brown or black. Our Health Care Provider will explain more during your consultation. Everyone’s hair grows differently, depending on age, weight, metabolism, hormones, ethnicity, medications, and other factors. But all hair goes through three distinct growth stages:
Active growth phase (Anegen Phase)
Active growth phase which can last up to 3 months. At any given time, 20-30% of our body hair is in this phase. During anagen, the hair has an abundance of melanin and that is the key target for the laser light. To get the maximum result 6-8 treatments are generally required to achieve 90-95% permanent hair reduction, but more may be required.
Regressive phase (Catagen Phase)
This is the transitional stage that occurs at the end of the growth phase and can last about 1 to 2 weeks. During this phase, the hair follicle shrinks to about 1/6th of its normal length and starts to become a club hair, at which point the lower part is destroyed and detaches from the dermal papilla. This leads to the resting phase (Telogen Stage).
Resting phase (telogen phase)
The resting phase, which lasts 4-14 days, at the end of which the hair falls out and a new hair begins to form. Following the laser treatment, the hair appears to still grow. These hairs are in fact club (dead) hairs and within 3-4 weeks the new hair from another active growth phase will begin to grow out of the same hair shaft. Remember that even though the hair is growing out of the same hair shaft, the follicle growing is new and is now ready for the laser light.